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MAY 2019

01 - May Day
03 - World Press Freedom Day
04 - Free Comic Book Day
05 - Bloomsday
05 - Cinco de Mayo
09 - Europe Day
11 - World Fair Trade Day
12 - Mother's Day (in the USA)
15 - International Day of Families
15 - Red Nose Day
22 - International Day for Biological Diversity
27 - Memorial Day
29 - Oak Apple Day
31 - World No-Tobacco Day



06/05/2019


VOCABULARY

Improve, Increase or Enhance? - Text + Audio
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LESSON PLAN

Japan university to hire non-smoking staff only (May 05, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A university in Japan has said it will no longer hire staff who smoke."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: No Smoking - Level 0No Smoking - Level 1   or  No Smoking - Level 2
Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

Could a friendly beluga whale be a spy? (May 03, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A professor at a university in Norway believes a beluga whale found in the Arctic Ocean could be a spy."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Beluga Whale - Level 4  or  Beluga Whale - Level 5
Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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ROYAL BABY

Royal baby: Meghan gives birth to boy, Harry announces - with videos - 6 May 2019
+ Latest updates as royal baby arrives
+ Privacy, publicity and the royal baby
+ In Pictures: A look back at Meghan's pregnancy
+ Profile: Duchess of Sussex

(BBC)

Prince Harry announces birth of baby boy - VIDEO - 6 May 2019
"The Duke of Sussex said he was "absolutely thrilled" with the birth of his first child – but is yet to announce a name.
He said the Duchess of Sussex is also doing well."

(BBC)

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PLASTIC WASTE

Southeast Asia: Stop Sending Us Mountains of Plastic Waste - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - May 05, 2019
"China has stopped accepting plastic trash from rich countries.
Now, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam are trying to deal with the huge amount of plastic."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)



Southeast Asia to Wealthy Nations: Stop Sending Us Mountains of Plastic Waste - VIDEO - May 2, 2019
"China has stopped accepting plastic trash from rich countries. Now, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam are trying to deal with the huge amount of plastic."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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A DEADLY YEAR FOR JOURNALISTS

2018: a deadly year for journalists - with pictures
(BBC)

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NATURE CRISIS

Five things we've learned from nature crisis study - 6 May 2019
"The most comprehensive and detailed review of the state of nature has been published in Paris.
Our environment correspondent Matt McGrath extracts the key messages."
+ Video: "Species are going extinct at a faster rate than we've seen for millions of years" - Laura Foster reports

+ Humans 'threaten 1m species with extinction'
+ Nature's emergency in five graphics
+ The teens saving Madagascar's wildlife

(BBC)

Nature crisis: Humans 'threaten 1m species with extinction' - with pictures and a video - 6 May 2019
"On land, in the seas, in the sky, the devastating impact of humans on nature is laid bare in a compelling UN report."
+ Video: "Species are going extinct at a faster rate than we've seen for millions of years" - Laura Foster reports

+ Five things we've learned from nature crisis study
+ Nature's emergency in five graphics
+ The teens saving Madagascar's wildlife
+ What would a world without humans be like?

+ Threat to food as biodiversity declines
+ To keep carbon emissions down, look underfoot
+ Dogs 'becoming major threat' to wildlife
+ Insect decline may see 'plague of pests'

(BBC)

Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth's natural life - with pictures - 6 May 2019
"Scientists reveal one million species at risk of extinction in damning UN report."

(theguardian.com)

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GALLERY

Astonishing images of the natural world in the 2019 BigPicture winners - 20 images
(newatlas.com)


Throne of Kelp by Ellen Sophie Cuylaerts, Aquatic Life Finalist, Farne Islands, United Kingdom

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CHINESE NAVY

Chinese Navy Is a Force in the Pacific - Text + Audio + Pictures - May 5, 2019
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FIRED BY TRUMP

Fired by Trump: former US attorney Preet Bharara on American justice - 6 May 2019
"The ‘sheriff of Wall Street’, who took on mafia bosses and terrorists in court, looks back on his career. Plus: Tim Gordon on the silencing of the oceans"

(theguardian.com)

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SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE

Thousands march for Scottish independence – in pictures - 4 May 2019
"Pro-Scottish independence activists take to the streets of Glasgow for the All Under One Banner march"

+ Thousands join Glasgow march for Scottish independence
(theguardian.com)

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02/05/2019


LESSON PLAN

Japan has a new emperor (30 April 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A Japanese emperor has abdicated for the first time in more than 200 years."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Japanese Emperor - Level 0Japanese Emperor - Level 1   or  Japanese Emperor - Level 2
Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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CLIMATE CHANGE

London tubes, schools and homes 'face climate change chaos' - 30 April 2019
"The heatwave of 2018 will become the capital’s new normal, claims Green party in report outlining severe daily disruption to capital"

(theguardian.com)

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FREDDY THE PARROT

Freddy the parrot makes it back to zoo after being stolen, shot and bitten by snake - 29 April 2019
"The bird, Freddy Krueger, found his way back to Brazil zoo after thieves abducted him – the latest survival in his tumultuous life...
Two days later, however, Freddy returned, discovered by zoo staff at the foot of a pine tree beside his cage."

(theguardian.com)


"It shouldn’t happen to a parrot."

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TRUMP / MIGRANTS

MIGRANTS TO BE CHARGED A FEE TO APPLY FOR REFUGE - with 2 videos - 30 April 2019
"Trump has directed immigration officials to introduce tough new rules for migrants seeking humanitarian protection in the United States.
These include the introduction of a fee for asylum applications and banning asylum seekers who’ve entered the U.S. illegally from receiving work permits."

[HuffPost]

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HARNESSED WHALE

HARNESSED WHALE SUSPECTED RUSSIAN MILITARY - with 2 videos and pictures - 30 April 2019
"A beluga whale was found wearing what appeared to be a Russian-made harness by Norwegian fishermen last week,
raising suspicions that it may have been used by the Russian military. The whale was discovered swimming near a village in Arctic Norway, the fishermen said."

(Huffpost)

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ASSANGE

Julian Assange and the story of WikiLeaks - with podcasts
"Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching bail conditions after spending almost seven years inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Today, he has an extradition hearing, which could conclude with him being sent to the US. Esther Addley and Julian Borger chart his rise and fall."

(theguardian.com)

Assange fights extradition to U.S.
"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court that he will fight extradition to the United States, where he is accused of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer. The judge adjourned the case until May 30, with a substantive hearing to follow on June 12..."

(YouTube)

 

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Joe BIDEN

US election 2020: Joe Biden launches presidential bid, joining crowded field - with 2 videos - 25 April 2019
"Former US Vice-President Joe Biden has declared a presidential bid, putting an end to months of speculation."

+ Which Democrat will take on Trump?
+ Joe Biden, the touchy-feely politician
+ Joe Biden: Front-runner but with baggage

+ Video: Joe Biden: Will it be third time lucky in 2020?
(BBC)

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